Waterfront pool home Available JULY -London/Normandy/Germany/Austria/Europe
House, near the beach with 4 bedrooms, sleeps 9, 3 bathroom(s), floor area of 300 m2 (3230 sq.ft), WCs 1, car optional, children OK, NO smoking, air-conditioning, including internet (highspeed), number of travellers: 4
1) June 24 2014 - August 04 2014
2) March 21 2015 - March 29 2015
3) December 19 2014 - January 05 2015
Our exchange just cancelled on us! Our home is available most of July, but we need the end of July,beginning of August.
Where we want to go
1) London (England)
- We like to go anywhere, surprise us!!
- We are looking for a large home in London, Normandy, or Germany/Austria in July 2014. For December and March exchanges, we like homes near ski areas.
Description of our house
We have a beautiful barrier island waterfront home less than one mile from the beach. We live on the lagoon side of the island and can watch dolphins and manatees from our backyard, not to mention the occasional rocket launch. Cocoa Beach is the closest beach to Orlando, so our location is great for people who want to spend time at the beach and at the Orlando theme parks.
The home was built in 2006 and has high-end design features.
- two master suites, one on the main floor that opens to the lanai and pool, and another upstairs with its own bath and kitchenette
- two additional bedrooms that share a bath, one with a new queen bed and one with bunkbeds
- extra trundle bed, and extra mattress, enough sleeping space for 10
- kitchen with granite counters, convection oven, gas stovetop, and stainless appliances
- game room that has a large air hockey/pool table/ping pong table to ensure family fun.
- large flat-screen HDTV
-Wii gaming system complete with WiiFit and other kid-friendly games
- We love music, so our upstairs loft has many instruments, including a piano, a keyboard, and a drumset.
- We have two children, so we have many family games, family movies, craft items, and thousands of Legos.
To enjoy the outdoors:
-screened in heated pool with waterfall and built in table and benches for lounging, sipping a glass of wine, or eating lunch
- a covered lanai
- an outdoor kitchen with a grill, fridge, and sink
- several bikes, large and small
- a canoe and both a double and single kayak for exploring the group of islands that are in our backyard
- a stand up paddleboard (SUP)/ surfboard
- fishing poles and crab traps
- metal detector for finding "treasures" on the beach
- beach equipment, boogie boards, kites, umbrellas
We have a Mercedes station wagon that seats 5 and a KIA SUV that seats 7 people.
Accommodation and facilities
Telephone, stereo / hifi, security system, central heating, jacuzzi, tv / cable, sofa, carpet
Kitchen and washing:
Grill, freezer, fridge, microwave, dish washer, oven, washing machine, dryer
Garage, terrace, parking, tenniscourt, garden, barbecue, bicycles, swimming pool
Diving, surfing, tennis, roller blading, water skiing, hiking, swimming, paragliding, golfing, fishing
Local places to go:
Galleries/museums, health club, fine restaurants, good shopping, country club, nightlife, clubbing
Nearest major airport:
Melbourne intl, 36 km / 22 mile
Car recommended, children ok, no smoking, including internet (highspeed), hospitality considered, long term considered, non-simultaneous optional, car optional
= marks the location of this home
We live in a small beach town. Surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, and beachcombing are popular pastimes here. We think our beach town is fantastic, and so does a national expert. When USA Today (national newspaper) called “Dr. Beach,” also known as Florida International University professor and coastal expert Stephen Leatherman, for 10 Florida destinations that combine sand, surf and a welcoming sense of community, Cocoa Beach claimed a spot among his choices. Readers of the National newspaper, USA Today voted Cocoa Beach as the 3rd best beach town in Florida.
From American Airlines magazine:
This coastal Florida town bests the others by being just a hop, skip and a rocket ride away from outer space. http://hub.aa.com
We have art festivals, sand-sculpting festivals, and even bird-watching festivals, as many North American birds live in our lagoon over the winter. We are the closest beach to Orlando, so the Orlando theme parks can be part of your vacation plans!
We live in the south part of town, which is largely residential. Our beaches in this part of town are quiet, with single family homes rather than condos or hotels. You can bike to to the beach, less than 1 mile away, on a bikepath. If you prefer to drive, easy free parking is at the end of the street. Public tennis courts and a playground are even closer, about 1/2 of a mile away. A public golf course is 3 miles away. You could also bike to town, about 1 mile away, and visit a coffee shop or a number of local restaurants. If you travel about 3 miles north, the town is more tourist oriented, with many surf shops (including the famous Ron Jons surf shop), restaurants, hotels, and bars.
We are about 15 minutes from Port Canaveral, home to Disney Cruise Lines as well as Carnival and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. We are 30 minutes from Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and 1 hour from Orlando International Airport. Disney World, Sea World and Universal Harry Potter are also nearby, about 1 hour and 15 minutes away. The newly opened Legoland is just under two hours away.
Something about ourselves
We are a family of four. My husband is a physician who now works in administration in the public health sector. I formerly worked in International Healthcare systems marketing, but now I stay home with the children. We have two sons, ages 14 and 17, in International Baccalaureate Schools. They both are learning French (and some Spanish and Chinese) and enjoy playing musical instruments.
We love to travel and have been to Rome, Athens, Cairo, London, and Paris within the last few years. We had wonderful exchanges in France and Belgium, another in Washington DC, and a December exchange in London. We have had exchanges in the French Alps and Croatia, which were great. Our most recent exchange was in Paris and London. We hope to visit London again this July.
Most of our exchanges are simultaneous, however, our home is available on a nonsimultaneous basis quite often. We would always like ski locations in December 2014 or late March 2015.
Otherwise, we are interested in any locations with something different, such as a historic city or in a rural area with cows and horses, especially in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, or France.
We have enjoyed the opportunity to have "local" experiences in other countries. We want our children to learn about and appreciate other cultures by experiencing them first-hand. We have found the best part of our trips are meeting the people that live in the areas of our exchange. We are especially interested in our boys meeting children in other countries to learn more about other cultures and to practice other languages.
My son and husband are allergic to cats and dogs, and cannot stay where a dog or cat remains inside the house during the exchange. We do have a special small non-shedding allergy-friendly dog, but she stays with friends during the exchange.
Often, depending on the location, we travel with another family, so room to sleep 8 people is something we usually need.
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